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i have to be honest,i swithered wether to get this,as there are 2 discs sets also available,however when i heard that there was an original's vol 2 coming with the hard to get 'One Step Closer' and particularly 'Farewell Tour',i thought i might as well,ultimately(between both sets) your getting 10 albums at about 2 quid each.
This set captures the bands finest 70's discs,so its no surprise that the debut disc from '71 is left off,chronilogically it probably should have been there putting '76's 'Takin It To The Street' on volume 2 but i can understand the record companies thinking(for once).
So to the music 5 great albums from 1972 thru 1976,capturing the classic Doobie rock/country/gospel influenced melodic rock,certainly on discs 1-4,the 5th the aforementioned 'Streets ' album shows the 'aor/Steely Dan' influence creepin in,it would take over in future albums.
All the major hits from this era are here 'Listen to the Music','China Grove','Rockin Down The Highway' etc but its the many classic album tracks such as 'Clear As The Driven Snow','Another Park,Another Sunday' ,'Rainy Day Crossroad Blues' and the like,which will make you wonder why they are not held in higher esteem as a band of great talent.
The only downside is the packaging,as someone who loves the little booklets and archive notes and details,then this packaging was always going to jar,its a cheap box with mini replica sleeves,with writing so tiny its barely readable,and the covers reproduced too darkly,but its a trade off price versus quality,the sound quality is excellent(always loved Ted Templeman's work with the Doobies and Van Halaen) ,so i cant complain to much.
So ultimately you get 5 classic albums for minimal price,its your choice.
Tremendous value set. It's a shame the first Doobies LP isn't here, instead we get one of their soul/funk efforts from the McDonald years which sits incongruously alongside the sensational FM rock of Captain and Me, Tolouse St and Vices; all of which are the pinnacle of good time, heavy West Coast rock. There is hardly a duff track on all three records. Every song could have been a hit single. The song-writing and musicianship is absolutely peerless. Stampede sadly marks a steep descent in their fortunes lacking both memorable tunes and introducing some brass accompaniment that simply doesn't suit the band's style. But three of these records mark the very pinnacle of American rock in the 70s.
Although I have my original vinyl's of all these albums and have transferred them to cd and mp3.For £10 this is a great back up to save wearing out my copies.The Doobies are so very good live,I've seen them 4 times and urge anyone who likes their music to see them live.At 70 years old ,they rock.
AMAZING band of musicians who created some beautiful and exhilarating music for a few decades! Listen to the music Long Train Running plus so many more gems South City Midnight Lady, Toulouse Street, I cheat the Hangman, aking it to the Streets, Music Man etc There are so many wonderful moments great music great harmonies plenty of guitar and drums - EXCELLENT.